Utah hasn't fared well in recruiting the QB position for 2013, but the situation isn't nearly as bad as it may seem. With Adam Schulz recently being deemed worthy of a scholarship, Utah now has five scholarship players on the roster for 2012, meaning they won't bring in more than 1 QB in the 2013 class. They may end up passing all together, especially if true freshman Chase Hansen decides against taking a mission and is back for the 2013. With all of the young depth on the current roster that features a redshirt freshman (Schulz) and two true freshman in Hansen and Travis Wilson, Utah is looking pretty good for the foreseable future, and that may be scaring off some prospects who are looking for a chance to play early.
Here's a look at the projected depth charts for 2013, 2014, and 2015 asssuming Utah takes 1 QB per class and Chase Hansen heads out on a mission after the 2012 season:
Wilson (R-Fr or So)
2013 Recruit (Fr)
(Chase Hansen on mission)
Wilson (R-So or Jr)
2013 Recruit (R-Fr or So)
2014 Recruit (Fr)
(Chase Hansen on mission)
Wilson (R-Jr or Sr)
2013 Recruit (R-So or Jr)
2014 Recruit (R-Fr or So)
Chase Hansen (R-Fr or So)
The 2013 Prospects
Johnny Stanton (Offered)
Stanton is the biggest name left on the board and looks like Utah's number 1 uncommitted target. He's narrowed his list to six schools, four of which have offered in Oregon, Utah, Oregon State, and Nebraska, with Wisconsin and USC those still yet to offer. Stanton visited Utah for their skills camp and picked up an offer before heading out on a whirlwind tour that saw him pick up offers on a daily basis. He's been invited to the Elite 11 finals and the dual-threat signal caller could find himself with more options after the event. We're told that Oregon is the frontrunner for his services at the moment with Nebraska right behind them. The Utes are going to have their work cut out to land Stanton who will likely decide before the end of the summer.
Micah Thomas (Offered)
Thomas was offered by Morgan Scalley at the beginning of the month after Scalley saw him throw. The dual-threat QB has three offers, with Utah being the biggest name, but could see that number rise with an impressive fall after missing most of 2011. The Utes are in a good place with Thomas now, and if he holds off on making a decision, they will likely get an official visit down the line. Thomas is a tremendous athlete who could end up at one of multiple spots at the next level if quarterback doesn't work out.
Cooper Bateman (Offered- Committed to Alabama)
Bateman didn't surprise many when he picked the Crimson Tide back in May with Utah coming in second to a host of schools all over the country. Since that time Alabama has landed a second QB commit, while the coaching staff at Bateman's Cottonwood High School has seen multiple coaches leave for various reasons, with some influential people in Bateman's camp moving in a different direction. Utah continues to stay in touch with Bateman in hopes that things may open up down the line, but aren't exhausting their efforts to flip him at this time.
Rogers visited Utah recently, attending their skils camp, and came away very impressed with the school and the coaches. The Utes did not offer, and won't do so until they see more in the fall (if at all). An offer from Utah would put them at the top of Roger's board and could result in a quick commitment. He's the kind of player that could blow up over his senior year as his grows into his body more. Rogers the tools to be a solid Pac 12 QB down the road.
Others To Watch:
Kenny Hill (committed to Texas A&M)
Recruiting Reset: Quarterback
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